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The entries are in alphabetical order by magazine name and then in chronological sequence.
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sa   FUTON
xx   SOFA

How to cover a twin mattress and box springs with fabric to look like a sofa.
APARTMENT LIFE Feb 1978 (v.10#2) pg. 26

How to build a sofa from two rattan or wicker headboards, a fabric-covered plywood frame, and a box springs and mattress.
APARTMENT LIFE Mar 1978 (v.10#3) pg. 58

How to make a low-cost platform sofa from a full-size mattress atop a wood platform and covered with a quilted spread.
APARTMENT LIFE Aug 1978 (v.10#8) pg. 75

How to turn a box springs and mattress into a plush custom sofa. Edges of the springs and mattress are "rounded out" with rolled batting. A home-dyed cover of stretch velour or terry cloth covers each unit.
APARTMENT LIFE Aug 1979 (v.11#8) pg. 42

Tip: How to make a sofa from a twin bed mattress, box springs, and sections of porch railing.
APARTMENT LIFE Oct 1979 (v.11#10) pg. 54, 86

How to build and slipcover a sofa/bed.
APARTMENT LIFE Aug 1980 (v.12#8) pg. 64, 70

Photo shows sofa/bed with a plywood base and supports and a foam mattress. Est. cost: $42.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1972 (v.50#7) pg. 70

How to build a daybed from plywood. Plans must be ordered.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1975 (v.53#1) pg. 57

Photo shows how to make a spindle daybed that is 76" long, 33" wide and 30" high. Est. cost: $50.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1975 (v.53#7) pg. 55

Triangular platforms built into two corners of a bedroom can provide storage space underneath the recess for a twin-sized bed that doubles as a sofa in the daytime. BH&G Project Plan is available.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Aug 1976 (v.54#8) pg. 38

Photo shows how to create an L-shaped (corner) seating arrangement from twin beds covered with fitted sheets and a collection of pillows.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1977 (v.55#1) pg. 70

Photo shows how to create a sitting/sleeping alcove using three pairs of long Priscilla curtains, a twin bed and an assortment of throw pillows.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1977 (v.55#1) pg. 71, 126

How to build a compact sleep center/seating unit. Storage cubes with a ledge along the wall that connects them have space for a standard double bed to be slid between them. When pushed under the ledge, the bed serves as a sofa.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Oct 1977 (v.55#10) pg. 267

How to choose a new sofa bed wisely.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Nov 1978 (v.56#11) pg. 112

Double duty daybed. By day it's an elegant sofa, by night a welcoming guest bed. It features spindled arms, wedged mortise-and-tenon joints, and three large storage drawers under the seat.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Oct 2000 (v.24#1) pg. 30

How to turn a folding bed into a sofa by sewing a cover, throw pillows, and coordinated throw from quilted coat lining and fake fur.
FAMILY CIRCLE Nov 20 1978 (v.91#13) pg. 118, 198

Two do-it-yourself sofas. (1) Plywood frame with padded cushions and storage in the bottom. (2) Lattice-work frame sofa converts to a double bed in seconds.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #218 Apr 1981 (v.31#4) pg. 14

Taos-style couch is a melding of Stickley precepts with the Spanish Colonial tradition. A convertible-bed variation has two mattresses and unfolds into a queen-size bed.
FINE WOODWORKING #40 May-Jun 1983 pg. 79
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 4

A guide to choosing and buying a sleeper (divan, studio couch, sofa bed, etc.).
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Sep 1979 (v.189#3) pg. EC8 (250+)

Convertible couch/bed. Couch and two low tables can be grouped together to form a double bed size platform bed. The sofa cushion opens up to form the "mattress".
HANDMADE #16 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 110

High-style sofa at a budget price. Sofa/sleeper combination features a slatted seat and back padded with a futon mattress. Two matching end tables plus the sofa are combined when used as a sleeper. The sofa and table legs are only 7" tall. Est. cost: $140 plus mattress.
HOME MECHANIX #693 Jan 1986 (v.82) pg. 48

A sofa made from a twin bed. Plywood frame on three sides and box springs are covered with grass fabric. Mattress cover and matching throw pillows are covered with a plaid men's suiting fabric.
McCALLS NEEDLEWORK & CRAFTS Fall 1980 (v.25#3) pg. 144, 44, 50

Captain's Bunk is a combination sofa and bed with end units that hold books, stereo equipment and loudspeakers. There are three large storage drawers under the bed and one in each end unit. Entire unit measures 11-ft. long and 31" wide. Built of plywood.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #566 Jul 1975 (v.71) pg. 50

A wooden framework fits longway over half of a single or twin bed to form a sofa back. Allows the bed to be pulled out for use. There is storage behind the removable backrest cusion.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #580 Sep 1976 (v.72) pg. 99

A mahogany couch/daybed.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #663 Aug 1983 (v.79) pg. 78

Pull-out beds double as sofas.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1963 (v.120#3) pg. 129

Quick-change sofa, guest bed, and handy cedar chest. A flush door set on a wooden storage chest and padded with foam-rubber mattress and bolsters.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1967 (v.128#1) pg. 136

Sofa-bed. Contemporary style couch features cane inserts (panels). The bottom of the couch conceals a pull-out trundle bed which pops up to the same height as the couch, forming a double bed. Can also be used as two single beds. Estimated cost: $360.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1977 (v.148#2) pg. 105

Dual-purpose guestroom bed and sofa has carpet-covered pedestals on each end and a shelf across the back. Makes a single bed look like a sofa.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1979 (v.152#3) pg. 109

Twin beds stack one on top of the other to form a couch or single bed.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1981 (v.155#4) pg. 154

Build the "Superchair", a 40 " wide chair with a high back, built-in book storage, a reading light and book holder. The chair can convert to a bed. Designed by Ken Isaacs.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1968 (v.192#3) pg. 160

Single plywood furniture piece, designed by Lester Walker, can be rearranged to be a double bed, couch, two single beds or a table with built-in seating. Useful for a summer cottage or a room where space for furniture is limited.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1969 (v.195#1) pg. 152

The support down the center of a modern, two-sided (double) sofa removes to convert the sofa into a spare double bed.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1971 (v.199#3) pg. 106

Sofa bed with a wooden frame uses a standard twin-sized mattress as its bottom cushion.
SUNSET Apr 1985 (v.174#4) pg. 150

Built-in U-shaped couch converts into a double bed. Center section folds out. Seat cushions serve as the mattress.
SUNSET Oct 1986 (v.177#4) pg. 104

How to construct a platform in an alcove that provides seating by day, an extra bed at night and three storage compartments with lift-off lids.
WOMAN'S DAY Oct 23 1978 (v.42#2) pg. 32, 142

Two rooms to furnish and decorate for under $500. Includes instructions for making sofas from cots, a ladder bookcase, wall coverings, Roman shades, a coffee table, covers for director's chairs, a floor screen, and bamboo blinds.
WOMAN'S DAY Feb 20 1979 (v.42#6) pg. 90, 169

How to sew mattress and box spring covers to transform beds into sofas.
WOMAN'S DAY Sep 2 1980 (v.43#14) pg. 96, 142

Deluxe day bed. Elegant frame-and-panel surround incorporates the mattress and frame from an inexpensive metal trundle bed.
WOOD MAGAZINE #123 Apr 2000 (v.17#3) pg. 68

Living room set. Part 1. Sofa/sleeper uses a standard futon mattress.
WOOD MAGAZINE #139 Feb 2002 (v.19#1) pg. 36, 86

A convertible daybed. A clean-lined, contemporary piece with simplified mortise-and-tenon joinery. This unit is quickly assembled and disassembled, converts into a traditional single bed, and accommodates either a mattress and box springs, or a mattress alone.
WOODWORK #17 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 36

Construction of a day bed with an elegant late 16th century (Tudor) style. It features extensive chip carving for decoration.
WOODWORKER #1080 Nov 1983 (v.87) pg. 687

Pueblo day bed that uses a 33" wide purchased foam mattress has spindle cutouts in a southwest design. Top and bottom rails are beaded.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1996 (v.20#3) pg. 38

How to custom-finish an A-frame vacation home. Article includes detailed instructions for installation of prefinished hardboard planking on the walls, plus plans for a snack bar and built-in sofa bed.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1971 (v.27#1) pg. 28

Built-in corner couch uses a standard single mattress and is designed to be used as a bed at night. Storage space is built in beneath the mattress.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1974 (v.30#4) pg. 39

Quick-to-build sofa bed is made from standard 2x4s and foam rubber. Trundle-bed style provides room for two guests.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1979 (v.35#6) pg. 68